Bridging the Divide

I came across this wonderful RSA video on the brain, as discussed in a lecture given by renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist.  In his talk, he describes how brain functions once thought to be in separate hemispheres (i.e., the view that emotions and rationality are in separate and distinct places) actually use both hemispheres, and how our ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society.  McGilchrist shares several fascinating, interesting bits in this lecture.  I found very interesting his discussion about how as humans we require a “necessary distance” even in the midst of immersion in order to see the forest for the trees.  Also his assertion that our brain-environmental development increasingly focuses on what we know (a kind of self-perpetuating reinforcement), instead of seeking out that which we don’t know.

The video is a fast and fascinating 11 or so minutes.